Over a decade since The View burst onto the scene, lead singer Kyle Falconer has now gone solo, releasing a debut album in late July, and rolled into Belfast to perform at The Palm House.
It wasn’t the first time he had performed solo in Belfast, though he seemed to be confused when posting on Twitter, as he was one of the support acts for Liam Gallagher last October.
I thought at the time that the unreleased material was decent, and so it proved, when Family Tree was on rotation on XFM, which led me to explore his Youtube channel, and then purchase his album.
It’s the album of the year for me, albeit by default, as it’s the only album i’ve purchased this year.
In all seriousness, his solo album is very decent and you should purchase it.
It was a new venue for me, my first time in The Palm House based in Bankmore Square.
Surprisingly, it was a sparse crowd. Seriously Belfast, what is wrong with you?
On the plus side, it did mean that there was plenty of room to move around and get a decent, um, view, no pun intended.
Falconer walked onto the stage and went straight into one of the standout tracks from No Thank You, Poor Me, which lacked the dramtaic violins on the record, but made up for it with dramatic drums when played live.
All of the standout tracks on his solo album were played – The Therapist, Family Tree, Kelly and Japanese Girl, as well as The View classics such as Blondie and Grace.
He even allowed a couple of fans onto the stage (they did ask him) to perform with him.
There seems to be a Scottish theme to my concerts recently.
Last month, I saw Travis at Custom House Square, while I have just purchased a ticket to see KT Tunstall in March, to go with the ticket for Chvrches in February.
That gig by KT Tunstall is scheduled to be my first visit to Elmwood Hall.
My first visit was supposed to be at the end of October to see Simon Day, but that has been cancelled. I’m not sure why.
There might not have been a lot of people in The Palm House, but those that were there certainly enjoyed themselves.
The View live at The Limelight 2012